Ryan resides in Central Phoenix with his partner of over 12-years and is active in his local neighborhood and community. From 2003-2007, Ryan served honorably in the States Air Force and was decorated for meritorious service while on deployment in Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ryan is a proven business and community leader, with a substantial background in management, analysis, research, and strategic planning.
Ryan’s previous experience includes work in the legal profession, as well as professional experience in the hospitality industry. Ryan serves on the Phoenix Pride Board of Directors as the Vice President and Chair, Board Development Committee. Ryan’s passion for public policy and his experience as a combat Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces have led him to a desire to continue his public service in the Arizona Senate fighting for you.
Ryan holds a master’s degree in Legal Studies from Arizona State University and a doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Education changed Ryan’s life, and knows how vital it is for our future generations.
WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?
I stand for authenticity, recognizing that I am an imperfect human being surrounded by imperfect human beings. I stand for acknowledging my mistakes and doing better not to make them again. I stand for integrity first, service before self, and always looking for ways to help my community. I stand here as someone who is taking the biggest risk in my life by running for public office because I believe in my heart, we can, must, and will do better for our community.
“Serving in the military was the best and worst experience of my life. Nearly every day I was bullied for being gay. Something I know so many still struggle with, and an issue I will never give up fighting to stop. After the military, I struggled with substance abuse. It was the lowest point of my entire life. My struggles are not unique, we all have different life events that shape who we are today. It was my Partner of over 10-years, Ivan, who pushed me to become a better person, go back to school, and fight to serve a higher purpose. Education changed my life; made me realize how important it is to ensure everyone has the same opportunity available to them, that was for me. Serving the community is a passion that drives my heart, especially when awarding over $100k per year in community grants and student scholarships. Awarding student scholarships is deeply personal, and immensely rewarding. Over 10-years later, I worked towards my biggest achievement to-date, and proudly stand here reflective of what is possible, ready to keep fighting for our community.
- Ryan A. Starzyk - “